Commercial Agriculture spans a wide range of topics and works to address the needs of various producers. The expertise of our local educational specialists combined with the resources of the statewide Illinois Extension system form a powerful source of information and insight for agricultural producers in our region. 

Looking for an answer to a specific question? Contact Rachel Curry Watershed Outreach Associate and she can help direct you to the best resources to help you.

Check out our Expert Assistance teams including Commercial Agriculture,Local Foods and Small Farms, and Energy and Environmental Stewardship Team

Resource Collections

Commercial Agriculture is a broad and diverse area of study. We've organized our resources into several topical themes to help you dig more deeply into your areas of interest. From educational curriculum units to websites devoted to deeply exploring a single topic area, our resource collection represents best practices based on both proven and emerging research and the work of our professional education staff.

Livestock  -  Crops  -   Pests and Diseases  -  Research and Analysis

Sustainability  -  Certifications  -  Podcasts, Blogs, and Newsletters

Nutrient Loss Reduction

IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast. The podcasts feature interviews with agriculture and water quality educators from University of Illinois, Extension, soil and water and other agencies as well as farmers who give tips, explain processes and tell first-hand stories about real-life applications of strategies.

Late and Prevented Planting

Farm Stress Management

Industrial Hemp Production

Other Resources

BLOGS

Acres of Knowledge: All issues concerning Small Farms, Agriculture, Local Food Systems, and the Natural Resources.

The Ag Engineering Update: The latest and greatest from your livestock engineers.

Around the County: Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences.

The Cattle Blog: Beef production tips and livestock industry updates.

The Cattle Connection: The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies.

Straight Stalk: Current crop information updates and research highlights.

PODCASTS

Cash Rents Podcast: Dr. Gary Schnitkey explores farm and risk management

IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast. feature interviews with agriculture and water quality educators from University of Illinois, Extension, soil and water and other agencies as well as farmers who give tips, explain processes and tell first-hand stories about real-life applications of strategies.